Second annual event has entirely new route for 2016; fully supported week-long road-bike tour benefits communities in the Adirondack Park
CONTACT: Doug Haney, Cycle Adirondacks
Zoë Smith, Wildlife Conservation Society
Members of the media are encouraged to connect with Cycle Adirondacks guests, staff and volunteers in each of the six host communities throughout the tour.
(Saranac Lake, NY – August 18, 2016) – Cycle Adirondacks, a bike event created by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), will begin its second annual tour of the Adirondack Park on August 20 in Hadley-Lake Luzerne. The event will bring nearly 400 participants, volunteers, staff and vendors to six different overnight communities and through dozens of other towns during the week-long tour.
The 2016 route starts and ends in Hadley-Lake Luzerne, and includes overnight stops in Ticonderoga, Keeseville, Saranac Lake, Indian Lake and Northville. There will be a “layover day” in Saranac Lake, where riders can pedal an optional route that tours Lake Placid or take the day off the bike to enjoy the amenities available.
One of the principal focuses of the event is to connect participants to the communities, people, land and waters of the Adirondacks. Local volunteer groups will serve in a variety of functions in each camp, earning cash grants from WCS as a fundraiser for their organizations. The tour will have a camp set up in each overnight community that features live entertainment and local concessions Aug. 20-26. Each event is free and open to the public. A full concert calendar can be found at www.cycleadirondacks.com.
“We welcome everyone in the region to come join us for a celebration of what makes the Adirondacks such a special place,” said Zoë Smith, Director of WCS’s Adirondack Program, headquartered in Saranac Lake. “This event is a way to show people from other places why we choose to live here. Come meet our riders and event volunteers, and enjoy the entertainment and atmosphere of our camp.
2016 ridership has doubled from the first year, to more than 300. Participants are coming from more than 35 states and provinces. The inaugural event in 2015 was a rousing success; in post-event surveys an overwhelming 99 percent of riders rated the event highly positively and would recommend it to others. In addition, 98 percent said they were likely to visit the Adirondacks again, and 100 percent would tell others to visit. Roughly half the participants had never visited the Adirondack Park before the 2015 tour.
“Cycle Adirondacks will touch 45 communities and 6 counties in 2016,” said Bill Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. “The inaugural event in 2015 was highly beneficial in terms of participant satisfaction and community engagement. That momentum has carried over, word-of-mouth within the cycling community has been very positive, and consequently the 2016 rider turnout shows strong growth.”
Besides the standard week-long day route, a 4-day option is available, beginning in Hadley-Lake Luzerne and ending in Saranac Lake, with transportation provided back to the start. There is also a program for non-cyclists called Cycle Adirondacks Adventure Travelers, where participants enjoy outdoor and wildlife education activities each day and rejoin the cyclists in camp each afternoon and evening.
Local WCS wildlife experts will be on hand all week to provide information on wildlife and other natural history, along the route, in an open tent each evening in camp, and in informal small-group “round table” discussions.
WCS created this eco-tourism event to provide a world-class, fully supported cycling adventure that gives hundreds of riders the opportunity to enjoy the Adirondack Park’s natural and recreational resources. Registration fees cover infrastructure and rider services, and also support WCS’s programs in the Adirondack region. WCS’s mission in the Adirondacks is to promote wildlife conservation and healthy human communities, and it has achieved this by using a community-based approach to conservation since 1994.
To see video from last year’s event, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHx8nX-rWpo
About the Adirondack Park
Spanning 6 million acres, Adirondack Park is one of the largest intact temperate forests in the world. Roughly the size of Vermont, the park is a mosaic of publicly and privately owned lands, and includes more than 100 towns and villages among its forests and lakeshores. The region is within a day’s drive of over 90 million people, and in close proximity to many major urban areas such as New York City, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, and more. Established in 1894, the Adirondack’s state-owned lands are constitutionally protected as “forever wild.” The vast network of connected wilderness areas intermixed with private lands is a model of successful conservation work and provides wildlife habitat for some of the most iconic wildlife species in the northeastern U.S., including black bear, bobcat, moose, and loons.
About WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society)
MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in more than 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: newsroom.wcs.org Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.